Year 2014

What a Difference 10 Years Makes

As Indonesians came to grips with a natural disaster that would forever change their lives, Church World Service went to work helping communities to meet immediate and long-term needs. In the initial days and weeks following the Dec. 26, 2004 disaster CWS worked alongside international ACT Alliance and other local partners to provide immediate help: […]

What a Difference 10 Years Makes

As Indonesians came to grips with a natural disaster that would forever change their lives, Church World Service went to work helping communities to meet immediate and long-term needs. In the initial days and weeks following the Dec. 26, 2004 disaster CWS worked alongside international ACT Alliance and other local partners to provide immediate help: […]

Indonesia Tsunami – 10 Years On

I vividly remember the collective gasp on the plane as we broke through the clouds near Banda Aceh and the coastline came into view for the first time; it was early January 2005 and below us was a scene of utter destruction that stretched as far as one could see. The tsunami had travelled far […]

Home for the Holidays

At this festive time of year, I can’t help but recall the many Christmases I have spent away from home.  I am mindful of so many in our world that can merely dream of being “home” for the holidays.  Home, for some, is but a distant cherished memory, as they remain exiled in refugee camps […]

A Future with Hope

A few years ago, Church World Service created a short video titled A Future with Hope. The video invites congregations, and people of faith, to partner with CWS in the unique face-to-face ministry of welcoming refugees – acting as friends and mentors as refugee families resettle in the United States. The name for the video […]

CWS Training Provides Expertise, Hope to Southeast Michigan Flood Recovery

DETROIT — “I just feel alone.  Sometimes I want to just ball up in this cold, cold house and sleep all day and sleep all night.” That’s how Karen C.* of Detroit said she’s feeling now, more than four months since flash flooding resulting from torrential rain sent sewer and surface water gushing into tens […]

Ongoing Michigan Flood Disaster not Hidden from CWS, Local Recovery Community

DETROIT — Southeast Michigan’s Aug. 11 flood disaster affected more people than any other U.S. disaster in 2014.  Apart from a few hundred households still carrying sodden, ruined belongings to the curb, the disaster’s impact is no longer visible from the street. But Church World Service and the emerging local long-term recovery group CWS helped […]

A Fukushima Mother’s Story

Knowledge, empowerment, and future preparedness I have spent days that felt both long and short these three and half years since the Great East Japan Earthquake.  The experience during these three years was something my family and I have never gone through before. My hometown is just 50km from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. […]

Joint Statement on a New Era in U.S.-Cuban Relations

Council of Churches of Cuba Rev. Joel Ortega Dopico and U.S. Religious Leaders Delegation Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO, Church World Service Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Rabbi Elhanan ‘Sunny’ Schnitzer, President, Cuba America Jewish Mission PEOPLE OF FAITH throughout the United States and Cuba celebrate […]